Retinal screening

The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service service holds the details of all patients with diabetes who are registered with a GP in the South Devon catchment area.

Each year we arrange for everyone to receive an invitation to attend for screening, either at your own surgery, or a nearby community hospital. Detailed digital images of the retinal blood flow are taken and assessed. These are graded to indicate a level of diabetic damage (called retinopathy), and stored.

When the images show that the retinopathy has reached a certain level we ask an eye specialist to check them to see if laser treatment is needed.

Retinopathy can increase when blood glucose and blood pressure are higher than they should be, which is why it’s important to have the necessary treatment to control glucose and blood pressure.

If you are already having treatment or follow-up checks at the eye clinic for your retinopathy, we may not call you for screening whilst this is going on. The eye clinic will let us know when you are ready for screening again.

It is important to have your retinal screening each year, and we are happy to make different arrangements to suit you, if you prefer.

We can be contacted (for appointments or general enquiries) on 01803 656015.

Videos to support people with diabetes

We hope that the video on this page will help you to manage your diabetes. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor or Diabetes Nurse.

Getting your eyes checked

We hope that you have found these videos helpful. We use video across many of our services and you can see a list of the other services that use video.

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